Eye of the Coach #51: Why Sinner’s power can win him a Grand Slam

In episode #51 of Eye of the Coach, Patrick Mouratoglou examines the incredible potential of rising star Jannik Sinner.

March 14, 2022
The figures

At only 20 years old, Jannik Sinner is ranked 11th in the world – having already reached a career high of world No 9 in November 2021. The Italian is the youngest player in the Top 15, and the second youngest in the Top 20 behind Carlos Alcaraz, who is 18 years old. All in all, Sinner is certainly one of the rising stars of the men’s tour.

He already has two Grand Slam quarter-finals to his name, at the French Open in 2020 and the Australian Open in 2022, plus five titles on the ATP Tour. In the latest episode of Eye of the Coach, Patrick Mouratoglou explains that he sees the Italian as a future Grand Slam winner if he can exploit his immense potential and power on both sides.

Italy's Jannik Sinner in action during his first round match against Spain's Alejandro Davidovich Fokina at the Dubai Tennis Championships
Jannik Sinner, Dubai – © AI / Reuters / Panoramic

Key moments

  • 0.37 Sinner is different from the rest of the Top 10 because he looks to hit forehand and backhand winners.
  • 0.55 He looks to finish the point on a winner and can do it from any position on the court, which makes him very dangerous.
  • 1.00 Jannik Sinner is the prototype of the modern player – tall, thin, very fast for his size and very athletic.
  • 1.10 The Italian is one of the physically strongest players on the ATP Tour, along with Denis Shapovalov.
  • 1.30 He needs to improve in some areas, especially his serve, which is still very average even though he is very tall.
  • 1.55 Sinner is not a very tactical player, without a Plan B in his game – but that isn’t a bad thing. Other players have done very well with a very similar pattern of play, like Andre Agassi.
  • 2.30 He is very impatient and already thinks he should beat the best players in the world, which shows his impressive confidence in his own abilities.
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